DeanCarl Posted October 18, 2003 Share Posted October 18, 2003 .... On this part of the board anyway. I posted in the Welcome forum a couple of weeks ago. At that time all I knew was I had a large mass in the top lobe of my right lung. Now, after further x-rays and CT scans I my doctor has dxd me with stage 3a NSCLC. We are waiting on the results from the biopsy to determine just what particular flavor of NSCLC it is. I should find out in a couple of days. I had a brochoscopy on Tuesday and got a chance to look at the tumor myself. It's a big one that is partialy blocking off the windpipe to the top lobe of my right lung. Once section of that lobe has collapsed. There were also indications in the CT scan that the cancer had traveled into at least some of the lymph nodes in and around the lung. I'm somewhat lucky that part of my lung collapsed when it did and made me realy sick. If it had not the cancer would have been even more advanced by the time they found it. I'm being treated at the VA hospital in San Diego, CA. I'm lucky in that respect also. My doctor is also associated with the University of California at San Diego Medical Center cancer unit, concidered one of the best in the world, and has access to all the latest info and treatment options. My attitude, and that of my wife, is good. As a recovering alcoholic/addict I've been living life one day at a time for almost 24 of my 53 years now and that is how I plan to continue, no matter what the prognisis is. I'll be hanging around here quite a bit I imagine. I've already learned a lot from reading the posts while waiting for the dx. I hope to learn more about this journey I find myself on as the days go by. Dean Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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